Draft dives

Modified: April 25, 2008 at 6:12 am •  Published: April 25, 2008
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Players falling down draft boards because of ‘character issues' isn't anything new. Coaches have always been leery about taking a guy that's been in trouble with the law. That's why former Oklahoma State receiver Adarius Bowman's fate may have been sealed a few weeks ago when he was arrested for marijuana possession.

Here's a look at some of the most recent and memorable guys that fell on draft boards after character issues came to light:

Warren Sapp, 1995: Sapp was considered a top-three pick in the 1995 draft, but rumors of drug use and a failed marijuana test while at the University of Miami pushed Sapp to Tampa Bay at No. 12. Sapp wasn't exactly a choirboy in the NFL, but didn't have any issues with drugs.

Randy Moss, 1998: Moss was also considered a top-five pick before the 1998 draft.

Multiple legal issues including marijuana and domestic violence as well as moves to three different colleges caused Moss to fall to Minnesota at No. 21.

Moss' slate wasn't squeaky clean while with the Vikings. He was arrested for hitting a traffic officer with his car, pretend "mooned” Green Bay fans, admitted to using marijuana "every blue moon” and walked off the field with time remaining on the clock in a loss to Washington.

Moss was traded to Oakland and then New England, where he had a record-breaking year this past season, but once again, he wasn't immune from legal trouble.

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